Murphy Beds vs. Wall Beds: Clearing Up the Common Misconceptions

Murphy beds sound too good to be true. A space-saving bed that doesn’t compromise comfort or quality? That bed really does exist—it’s called a Murphy bed. 

Today we’ll clear up some common misconceptions about Murphy beds and answer a few common questions like, What’s the difference between a Murphy bed and a wall bed? What types of lifestyles are Murphy beds good for? How affordable are Murphy beds? And what customization options are available?

What is the difference between a Murphy bed and a wall bed?

Let’s tackle the most commonly asked question first. People always want to know, “What’s the difference between a wall bed and a Murphy bed?” The answer: There is no difference. The words are used interchangeably. Both describe a storage solution that gives homeowners the flexibility to store a bed vertically against the wall or inside a cabinet or closet. 

Murphy beds can also be disguised as bookshelves or other functional pieces of furniture. When you need the bed, you simply flip it down and it’s ready to use. Best of all, Murphy beds are designed to accommodate any lifestyle.

Sliding bookcase with Murphy bed inside Sliding bookcase with Wall bed inside


Who can benefit from a Murphy bed?

You don’t need an entire room in your home to be the ‘hostess with the mostess.’ Since Murphy beds come in a variety of sizes and shapes, they fit perfectly in any room. For many, a guest room often becomes a storage room until inlaws or close friends come to visit. 

As long as you have a clear 2×4-foot space in your home, you can accommodate a Murphy bed.

Bookcase with single Murphy bed hidden inside

What’s the best place in your home for a Murphy bed? We suggest spaces like home offices or craft rooms. And don’t worry about compromising on space—we can design your Murphy bed to be multi-functional so when it’s closed, it can transform into a much-needed bookshelf or additional storage unit with pull-out drawers and storage shelves. Murphy beds are also perfect for spaces like studio apartments where every inch of space must be efficiently utilized. 

Multi-functional pieces of furniture save you money in the long run. You can opt for a home with fewer rooms or smaller spaces while getting the same functionality as you would in a larger, more costly home. Plus, you get two quality pieces of furniture for the price of one. 


How much does a Murphy bed cost?

Another common misconception about Murphy Beds is that they’re too expensive and probably out of your budget. The reality is that despite the quality and customization options, Murphy beds can be incredibly affordable! 

According to, the average cost for a queen Murphy bed is between $1,000 to $3,500 depending on factors such as features, assembly related expenses and whether or not a mattress is included. 

Sliding bookcase with storage to built in unit

Want to learn more about how much it would cost to get a Murphy bed installed in your space? Check out our extensive financing options, and reach out for a consultation so we can discuss which Murphy bed options are right for you. 


Are you sacrificing quality for space? 

Now let’s talk about quality. Having extra space for guests is great, but when your guests end up needing to visit a chiropractor after sleeping on uncomfortable or low-quality pieces of furniture, they will likely find other accommodations in the future. Sofa beds and air mattresses are convenient, but over time, they become less comfortable and will often begin leaking air. Your guests don’t want to wake up to a flat air mattress!

Wall Unit with Murphy bed inside Wall Unit with Wall bed inside

We build every Murphy bed with curved slats, which is a unique European approach to traditional bed installation that creates a more comfortable alternative to box springs. Your guests will stay comfortable, and you might even want to catch a few Zs on your new bed.


Customizations crafted for you

The world is your oyster when it comes to your Murphy bed. We connect you with one of our space optimization specialists to consult about what will best fit your space and discuss the seemingly endless possibilities.

Murphy beds can be built to fit a single, twin, full, or queen-size mattress. These space-saving beds can live in your library, home office, or storage room. Depending on the layout of your space, your Murphy bed can pull out horizontally or vertically with slide-out or bi-fold doors. 

The Closet Works offers a wide range of materials, hardware, finishes, and textures so your piece can be built to enhance your personal style.


Could a Murphy bed be the answer to all of your space-saving needs? Click to schedule a consultation and let us help you create a multi-purpose, functional space that offers a comfortable bed and custom storage options.